President Biden announced $95 million to help Maui recover from wildfires

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden pledged $95 million from the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law he signed in 2021 to go toward helping Hawaii recover from the deadly wildfires. The fires on Maui killed at least 115 people.

The money will help harden Hawaii’s electric grid by moving power underground, lessening the risk of future wildfires and power outages.

President Biden on Wednesday also discussed his conversation with Governor DeSantis, regarding Hurricane Idalia. The president approved Florida’s early request for an emergency declaration, enabling DeSantis to get funds to help Hurricane victims.

FEMA was also on hand in advance of doing a damage assessment after Idalia passes.

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